Surgeons, especially the cardio-vascular and thoracic surgery residents have been facing this unaddressed and hazardous working conditions due to ergonomic deficits found throughout their learning and career duration in operating theatres.
As a result of holding awkward or stationary positions throughout protracted surgeries throughout a career, more than 80% of surgeons have passed away from a work-related sickness or accident. While the patient is the procedure's main emphasis, good posture and spinal stability are not given much consideration at the same time. Even when discomfort is there, signs are frequently disregarded. This causes a decline in output and could ultimately jeopardise surgical careers. Often, surgeons are not aware of suggestions or instructions intended to increase their comfort while performing. Additionally, there is a notable dearth of formal ergonomic instruction.
In the operating room, a number of controllable risk factors can be changed to create a safer working environment. In addition, to enhance the surgeon's posture and musculoskeletal health, strengthening, stability, and exercise programmes under the guidance of a qualified therapist may be used.
It is alarming when you learn that a lot of CVTS surgeons struggle with long-term Musculo-skeletal issues because of the strenuous physical demands of our work. Similar to professional athletes, surgeons need to be in shape in order to perform at their finest. To ensure that we can perform at our best and sustain career longevity, we must enhance our working environment and maintain our physical health.